What are the best ways to protect your plumbing, prevent costly repairs and avoid calling an emergency plumber? In this article, we’ll provide you with helpful tips to ensure your plumbing appliances stay efficient to protect your home from water damage. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Dallas.
Helpful Plumbing Tips
We’ve compiled some helpful tips that help you save money on your plumbing. These should safeguard your home from water damage as well. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have clarifications or questions.
Install Several Shut-off Valves
When your plumbing pipes or water heater tank leaks, the first thing you need to do is turn off your water. So it’s only right to install several shut-off valves so that you won’t need to go to your basement to turn off the water. Otherwise, it might take you a long time and the leaks have already done extensive damage to your plumbing. If you only have one shut-off valve, contact an emergency plumber today to install valves near your water heater, dishwasher, garbage disposal or plumbing pipes. Also, don’t forget to learn how to actually turn the thing off. Make sure it’s also not defective to avoid other problems.
Get Leak Detection Devices
Another option to prevent further damage to your plumbing is to install leak detection devices near major plumbing appliances. You need these safety devices to get alerts when there’s a possible leak in your plumbing or when there are abnormal activities that need to be looked at by an emergency plumber. Choose a device that can also automatically shut off your water and a device that can detect fluctuations in water temperatures. If you need more information about this, please contact an emergency plumber today.
Get a Sump Pump
Not all homes will need a sump pump, only those with basements. Installing a sump pump in your basement is a necessity especially when you also live in an area that’s prone to getting storms. You need this safety device to prevent flooding in your basement. However, make sure to also test the device first by pouring about a bucket of water into the sump pit and watching the pump drain the water. If it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do, call an emergency plumber to resolve the issue.
A sump pump can safeguard appliances stored in your basement and protect your home from water damage. We do suggest you get extra batteries in case there’s a power interruption during a storm. Also, don’t forget to regularly maintain your device to avoid problems.
Get Insulation for the Plumbing Pipes
Do you have exposed pipes inside and outside of your home? Then make sure they are well insulated so that the water inside those plumbing pipes doesn’t freeze. Otherwise, you’ll have a bigger problem. Plumbing leaks can cost you a fortune in repairs but you can avoid them by knowing how to take care of the plumbing pipes. Don’t forget to also replace old piping because they are also likely to break. Go for copper or PVC piping if you’re planning to replace your pipes.
Protect Your Water Heater
If you have an old water heater tank, cover them with an insulating blanket as well during winter to conserve energy. And don’t forget to drain the tank to get rid of the sediment that can accumulate in the water heater tank. When not removed, this sediment can significantly affect the efficiency of your water heater and lead to more damage. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, we suggest calling an emergency plumber for an inspection. Our plumbing team can inspect your water heater and advise you whether it’s time to get a replacement or if you should keep the old one. We will likely ask you to get a new unit especially when your water heater is no longer that efficient.
Switch to Tankless Water Heater
If you want to save money on your plumbing and reduce the risks of water heater leaks, we suggest you call an emergency plumber to install a tankless water heater. The tankless unit is a compact unit, which means you can just install it in the bathroom, saving you space. Because there’s no huge tank, you won’t have to worry about water heater leaks in the basement. Compared to the tank-type water heater, the tankless unit lasts longer, up to 20 years. Also, there’s no standby heat loss as you are only using energy when you actually will get water from the faucet or use the shower, making it the most energy-efficient option.
Thinking of getting a new water heater? Call an emergency plumber to professionally install your new unit. You need a licensed professional to ensure the unit will be properly installed. Never install it on your own or you risk damaging the unit. A plumber can also help you decide which water heater size to purchase for your home.
Contact bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Dallas Today
Do you need an emergency plumber? We have experienced plumbers who can get the job done right the first time. That’s right, we always go the extra mile for our customers and ensure the problem is resolved on the same day. We are a reliable plumbing company that always has our customers first. We strive hard to ensure all of our clients are happy with our services and that their issues are resolved promptly. Call us if you need help with professional drain cleaning, leak detection, water heater repair and installation, pipe replacement, sewer repair, etc. Our team also offers emergency plumbing services.
Call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Dallas today for an appointment.
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